Big Outlander Update!
By Ryan Rotten
Outlander is not the sub-title for
the latest "Children of the Corn" film. Instead, it's the moniker for
a new creature feature coming from The Weinstein Company that pits Vikings
against a new menace. And if you say Karl Urban plus a dismal box office,
you're wrong. This new period piece finds Jim Caviezel
(Passion of the Christ) as a being from another world who brings his battle
with another alien foe, known as the Moorwen, to
Earth. Vikings get caught up in the middle and bloodshed ensues. Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Sophia Myles (Doom) and John Hurt (V for
Vendetta) co-star with Howard McCain directing and co-writing.
Shock caught up to producer Don Carmody for an update on the project.
"The creature is looking
good," producer Don Carmody tells
us. Shock spied a look at the Moorwen during a visit
to Patrick Tatopoulos' shop - and we found it
accurately depicted the style of work we've seen from him in Godzilla and the
"Underworld" films; later, an early peek at the beast found its way
online here. "I just saw two more rough sequences with the creature where
it's looking really, really cool."
Carmody says Outlander
conquered a rough start and endured an even tougher shooting schedule "sloggin' through the mud in Newfoundland and Halifax. It
was challenging because my partners had tried to mount [the project] before in
New Zealand with WETA and $65-70 million dollars. So they came to me and asked
if I could help them raise the balance of the financing. I said if everybody is
on the same page, we can do it, and as long as it's all up there on the screen
we can do it. I think we succeeded, it was really tough."
Presently, McCain is whittling down a
three-hour cut (!) of his film. "The aim is [to release the film] for
late-October, but the picture is running long," Carmody
chuckles. "We're getting down to length and that may delay us a little,
that's always the toughest thing." He adds that everything is on schedule
FX-wise and that Outlander boasts an estimated 580 visual